Lhao Vo
Lhao Vo
Native toMyanmar, China
Native speakers
100,000 (1997)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3mhx

Lhao Vo (Burmese: လော်ဝေါ်,) also known as Maru (မရူ) and Langsu (Chinese: 浪速), is a Burmish language spoken in Burma and by a few thousand speakers in China.


Dai Qingxia (2005:3) reports 5,600 Langsu speakers in China. Many thousands more are dispersed across the eastern edge of Kachin State, Burma.

The Langsu people call themselves lɔ̃˧˩ vɔ˧˩ (Chinese: Lang'e 浪峨) (Dai 2003:3; Dai 2010:10)[2]


The standard Lhaovo dialect is that of the Dago’ (tăkoʔ) hill area, on the east side of N'Mai River valley in Kachin State.[3]

Sawada (2017) lists the following patois (subvarieties) of Lhaovo.[3]


The Langsong 浪宋 are found in Zaoyang 早阳[4] in Yunlong County (in the Chinese province of Yunnan) as well as in Baocun 表村,[5] Laomo 老末, and Sancha 三岔.[6][7] They reportedly speak a highly endangered language that may be possibly related to Langsu.


  1. ^ Lhao Vo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Dai Qingxia [戴庆厦] (2010). The Chashan people of Pianma and their language [片马茶山人及其语言]. Beijing: The Commercial Press [商务印书馆].
  3. ^ a b Sawada, Hideo. 2017. Two Undescribed Dialects of Northern Burmish Sub-branch: Gyannoʔ and Thoʔlhang. Presented at ICSTLL 50, Beijing, China.
  4. ^ http://www.ynszxc.gov.cn/villagePage/vdefault.aspx?departmentid=60920
  5. ^ http://www.ynszxc.gov.cn/villagePage/vIndex.aspx?departmentid=37739
  6. ^ http://www.ynszxc.gov.cn/villagePage/vIndex.aspx?departmentid=37740
  7. ^ 中国少数民族社会历史调查资料丛刊修订编辑委员会. 2009. 景颇族社会历史调查, p.57. Beijing: Minzu Chubanshe.

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